5 Tips for Shopping Yard Sales and Copeland’s Annual Tent Sale

Copeland Furniture's antique truck made an appearance at last year's tent sale.

It’s yard sale season! Deals await. Treasures are sold for pennies. But should you buy that dresser, even if it’s a great price? Many yard sale shoppers love a good deal, but forget to consider whether their new purchases compliment the furnishings they already own.

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If you don’t relish hunting for gems among piles of castoffs but you still love a bargain, consider shopping at Copeland Furniture’s annual tent sale on Memorial Day Weekend. From Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, Copeland Furniture’s factory store will offer deals on its already reduced-price factory seconds. The sale provides a great opportunity to buy high-quality furniture at a low cost. But frequently, those shopping the tent sale forget to plan how to bring their purchases home. 

Both shopping experiences offer unusual bargains and unusual challenges. Here are a few tips to survive either venue: 

1.       Measure. Measure. Measure. Measure your rooms to ensure that your new sofa will fit in your living room. While you have the measuring tape out, measure your car to make sure it can haul your new pieces home.

2.       Remember your tie-downs. No one wants their yard-sale treasures or their precision-cut, hand-crafted furnishings crumpled on I-91. Bring ropes, ratchet straps, and blankets to ensure they arrive safely.

3.       Bring fabric samples and photos of your current home. If you hope to create a cohesive interior design, you need to know what you already have. At yard sales, you should bring samples and photos to avoid duplicate purchases or spending money on a bargain that doesn’t suit your home décor. If you are going to the tent sale, Copeland Furniture offers a variety of finishes and upholstery. Fabric samples will help ensure that your purchases are perfect for your existing home.

4.       Wear comfortable shoes and pack weather-appropriate gear. Multi-family yard sales provide you with the opportunity to look at a wide range of items from multiple sellers, but they often require lots of walking between homes. A comfortable pair of shoes allows you to shop a little longer. If you go to the tent sale, you’ll be outside walking between four tents and the store. The sale will proceed rain or shine, so bring your raincoat.

5.       If possible, leave children and pets at home. They can often distract you from making the best decision. 


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